Pick Your Own Peaches

Note that since we went the bugs have come out in force to this farm.  Still lots of peaches to be had but definitely bundle up against ants!

We love to do Pick Your Own farms here.  Something about teaching your children where food comes from means a lot to me.  Plus food fresh from the source is incomparable.  C eats a lot of peaches and loves them.  But a lot of times they are those peaches in their own fruit juice….in a jar… So when I found out about a brand new pick your own peach farm through some Chatham Co. mamas I was In Like Flynn (which, by the way, in the course of researching for this article I checked on that phrase and learned quite a lot about it from good ole Wikipedia).  Anyhow, I digress….I am just so happy to be back from vacation chatting with you all…

This is a local family farm with a TON of peaches ripe for the picking.  I mean, a TON.  This farm doesn’t have a name or even a phone number.  But they are open every day from dawn to dusk.  Peach season starts mid to late-June and ends early August.  There are so many good peaches out now that you all should get there!  Since you can’t call ahead, just trust that there will be plenty of peaches for at least 2 more weeks.

The entire operation is a matter of trust, come to think of it.  Since this is a family farm with a lot of hours of availability for families to come pick it is based on the honor system.  There might not be anyone there when you arrive.  But this farm is very well run and friendly to visitors.  That means the directions are clear even if a person isn’t there to talk to you.  You grab a bag from the deck (which is a peck), leave $10 in cash, and then look at the board for where to pick that day.  There are rows and rows and rows of peach trees so knowing where to go isn’t too terribly important since you will find peaches.  It is also nice that there are different varieties.

If you can, though, honk and meet the owners because they are SO sweet.  I loved them.

They do not spray anything on their peaches.  Which is great because it means you will be able to try some out in the field (the owners encourage it) but it also means that you will see some Japanese beetles loving on some of those peaches, too.  Plenty of peaches to go around for all species, just watch where you stick your hand.

Note on navigation: my car GPS had a hard time finding this.  From 64 headed out towards Siler City turn on to Buckner Clark Road, then on to Hillside Dairy, then on to Clark Self Rd.  This is way faster and easier than my GPS’s route.

Again, no phone number or formal name but, trust me, you are welcome to pick there, they are expecting you, and there is a bounty of fresh peaches out there in Pittsboro waiting for you.

Pick Your Own Peaches

Zirilli’s Peach Farm
91 Clark Self Rd


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4 comments for “Pick Your Own Peaches

  1. Anonymous
    July 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Absolutely delicious peaches! I plan on going back before the season is over. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Anonymous
    July 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    We were so excited to go and headed out there this morning. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the same pleasant experience. There are a few things I’d recommend: (1) no sandles – we got many ant bites. (2) there are lots of ticks – do a thorough search if everyone. (3) Perhaps call ahead to see if they have mowed between the rows recently. That would have helped allot. (4) consider paying after you pick or partial pay before you start. We went with friends and each dropped $10 in the slot. 3 out of 5 kids were so miserable that we only managed 1 bag full and put a note in the slot requesting they mail the other one back.

    There were lots of bees and beetles crawling all over some of the fruit and allot was either not ready or rotting on the tree. That was tough. It might not have bothered us as much if the grass was cut and we had propper foot ware to not get bitten by ants. All-in-all, I’m very sorry to say it was not worth the 45 minute drive from Durham.

  3. July 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I am so glad you posted this, thanks for sharing your experiences. We did have problems with the beetles but not with ants or with the aisles being unmowed. But I did have a friend who went out here this past weekend and had the same problem you did : ants, lots of them! What a total bummer. It also seems to be the case, I have noticed, when folks don’t spray and farm organically – albeit they could mow. I do wish they had a phone number that you could call ahead but I can’t seem to find one anywhere (anyone know of one?). And that is really good advice about paying after you pick. Again, thanks for sharing your experience!

  4. Anonymous
    July 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    FYI, they took the “PEACHES” sign down that was on 64. If they put it back up I’ll update.

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